These Marks Do Not Fade

Tragedies stain us today and tomorrow and sometimes forever. Here, where so much tragedy confronts so few, we’ve just begun reporting on the marks that we many never lose. And that’s a step forward in how we cover violence, I think. Why? It is good reporting that humanizes and takes us into lives we might […]

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Please Don’t Shoot. They are Wearing Orange.

We paint the pictures that stick in peoples’ mind. So when we talk only about the horror of youth violence, we leave an indelible message. And the message says do something. But when we mix images, talking about a gang of kids downtown with lives lost and threatened, our image-making leaps beyond reality, and accountability. […]

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What Numbers Matter? Not Just Homicide

Numbers drive us, but sometimes they aren’t the right numbers. Thirty years ago I was trying to understand violence in Detroit. I was a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. All we had then from the FBI were total crimes for each city. That didn’t tell us how the cities compared. So, I called and […]

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Covering Youth Violence, a guide for journalists—Informes sobre la violencia juvenil

    This is a guide for your coverage of youth violence. It will walk you through reporting strategies, offer examples of reporting, and ask you to consider how you can do your best for an issue that touches so many lives today. Why do we need a guide? Because the work you do, shapes […]

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